Around the lake

This evening I was feeling out of sorts for a huge variety of reasons. My sister just left for Ethiopia. Friends of ours are moving away on Tuesday. My summer seems to be slipping away at shocking speed. My hubby and I have barely had a minute to look each other in the eye all week. And at least half the kids picked today to be cranky.

By bedtime I was losing it and ready to take off. But where? And why? I suddenly remembered that my husband is always wanting to go take a drive around a nearby lake, but I usually feel too busy to take the time to just drive.

Not tonight. We kissed the younger kids, sent them to bed, put our 17 year old son in charge, and headed off in John’s little car. On impulse I grabbed my camera on the way out the door.

It was getting towards sunset — the sun was lovely by the time we got out to the lake. We walked out on the dock and watched the water. Snapped a few pictures. Talked. Relaxed.

On the way home we stopped at Dairy Queen for Blizzards, the final touch in mood-mending, and chatted more on the way home. By the time we walked in the door at home, life was doable again. Or at least I knew I was going to make it til bedtime.

A drive around the lake at sunset. I highly recommend it.

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  1. simone17 says:

    Great idea and well written!
    Love your new photo by the way, you look fantastic.

  2. My hubby and I do the same thing. We live near Lake Michigan, and we’ll just go sit by the lake and have some time to ourselves. I love the one-on-one time with him!

  3. When I was in a college class (looking back to 1976!) there was an assignment to put together a scrapbook of some sort

    but a quote I found then and do remember said,

    “the best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother”

    so when you said the two of you headed off to the lake in John’s little car…. well, all sorts of visions of romance came sliding into my mind… watching sunset from the dock fits right in

    For now I’m gonna put in my cd of Bon Jovi’s Lost Highway and tackle the ironing.

  4. What a nice break. Around here, we call those times “mini vacations” Just a moment or a day away from the everyday routine.
    Have a nice week!

  5. I could use a drive around the lake this morning!!! It sounds great.
    So, I stopped by here and enjoyed your drive instead. Now, back to the real world…and maybe some boogie-boarding with the kiddos.
    Have a great day, Kristen

  6. Fresh air and an ice cream usually gives me a new perspective as well.

  7. It sounds like a lovely plan.
    Your new picture is beautiful.

  8. sounds like the perfect remedy.
    I like your new photo too, btw. make me think, hm–how come i never look that good in the kitchen? 🙂

  9. Greg and I go out there on our pedal boat often. Very relaxing. He fishes, I pedal and he will talk about anything I want to. Maybe you and John might have time to do it with us some time. Only fits 4 adults, though.

  10. nice!

  11. beezwax says:

    Blizzards do help to mend a crazy day =) I wish I had one closer! Beautiful new picture too!

  12. Laura, That would be fun!


  13. Good on you for taking the time for yourselves. If only we would all do the impulsive things like that more often, life would be much more doable more often.

  14. I love to drive out there at twilight. It’s such a pretty area anyway, but at dusk it’s magical. Add a sweet hubby & some dessert, and that’s a perfect night.